Earlier this year I bought a Yaesu FT-857D at the Richmond hamfest. It was a spur-of-the-moment purchase. I was actually trying to buy a demo FT-450, but a fellow snapped it up at the last second and I 'settled' for the 857. My intent was to get a radio that I could take with me on my business trips and do a little operating from my hotel room. I knew that I would be faced with a big challenge of trying to find an antenna that would be suitable for a hotel room, but my expectations were low and I figured I'd cross that bridge later. Over the course of the past few months I've noted several different offerings that might do the trick, but most are antennas that I'd need to take with me when I'm driving, due to size. When I'm flying, as I am on this trip, I can't exactly pack a buddipole, especially since I'm taking a bunch of work tools.
Then I bought a K2 and my entire plan changed. I can now take the K2, operate low power, and use the built-in battery pack, or a minimal power supply, when needed. Plus, having an antenna tuner built-in makes it even easier - one less piece of equipment to drag around.
But my plans have mostly ground to a halt. And here I find myself sitting in a hotel room in Bangor, ME, on my way to New Brunswick tomorrow and I really wish I'd have brought my radio. It probably would have been impractical on this trip, given the amount of tools that I'm carting with me, but what's really stopping me is the lack of a portable antenna that I can take with me on flying trips.
So with that in mind, I'm very open to suggestions. Does anyone that reads my blog have any experience with portable antennas that I could set up in a hotel room?